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  1. I was looking into the MSc course Exercise and Sports medicine (football). I wanted to ask if I could work at hospitals or clinics with this degree?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    This question would be best asked to the Sports Sciences team - you can contact them here:

    Best wishes, Pg Recruitment

  2. Hi, I am considering enrolling onto the MSc Sport Coaching to commence in September 2020.

    I am currently working full-time at West Bromwich Albion Foundation and part-time at Birmingham City FC. My ambition is to become a well-respected elite football coach and I am wondering how this course can facilitate my career prospects?

    Currently my two options are University of Birmingham or University of South Wales to study MSc Advanced Performance Football Coaching; however, I am still unsure which course would assist my CPD in elite football coaching.

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    I can't speak in terms of personal experience but at Birmingham you would benefit from being part of one of the best Sport Sciences departments in the country. In the dissertation module you may even be able to complete some research with either West Bromwich Albion or Birmingham City FC and write your thesis on it, as you would be so close to your current employment! The course is designed to develop high-quality coaches so even though the South Wales course is specific to football coaching, I still believe our Sports Coaching programme would be beneficial in your career prospects.

    The programme lead is Mark Griffiths - you can contact him via this webpage to see whether he has any further information to give:

    I'm sorry I can't be more help! PG Recruitment

  3. Hey Jake, I am from India. I intend to make a major career change. Passion has always driven me towards sports and I'm thinking of taking the coaching course. I don't have any prior coaching experiences but I have been vividly involved in a lot of sporting activities and on competitive platforms. I have finished my UG degree in business administration and have been working in related fields, I even own a couple of businesses on my own. I was wondering how feasible is a career change of this sort, coming from India, and how likely is it for me to be enrolled for the course ( will the university admit me)?

    Hi, thank you very much for your question. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    The entry requirements for the MSc Sport Coaching course can be found here Unfortunately it does state that you need prior coaching experience with qualifications already achieved. If you are confident in your choice of career change my advice would be to start coaching where you can, get the qualifications and then consider this course.

    Best wishes, Emma

  4. Hi, can I ask you a few questions regarding this sports coaching course? As I'm currently a undergraduate student doing a bachelor of Education with Sports Recreation, I wondered if I'm suitable to continue into postgraduate Sports Coaching? I'm a volleyball athlete too, so is there any volleyball team at the uni that I can participate in?


    to be eligible to apply you must have a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience.

    You will also be required to be a qualified coach with an award recognised by your national governing body. You will also be expected to regularly coach a minimum of three hours per week whilst on the programme.

    There is a volleyball club at the university:

    Best wishes, Tom

  5. Hi Stanley, I am a prospective student of the University of Birmingham. I am very much interested in cricket. I would like to know about the scope for cricket at the university?


    We do have a successful cricket team open to postgraduate and undergraduate students. Further information is here:

    Best wishes, Tom

  6. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    Opportunities to discuss ideas, a genuine belief that we can make a difference in our respective fields as a result of doing the course, and the quality and variety of the lectures. The flexible nature of this course has allowed me to gain valuable work experience alongside the course; work which has not only complimented my assignments but actually been entirely relevant to the assignments meaning that my learning experience has not been limited to lectures and discussions but also through my day to day experiences.

  7. Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

    Not directly through the University, however during the time when I have been studying the degree I have spent over two hundred hours volunteering at Coerver Coaching West London where I have learned a considerable amount. This has aided my assignments on the course. I also recently attended a study visit to the academy at Real Madrid C.F which was an outstanding experience.

  8. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    Having worked full time after the completion of my Undergraduate Degree I realised that in a lot of ways there was little to separate me from my contemporaries, as well as an underlying feeling that I needed something further to aim towards to prevent myself from stagnating.

  9. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    Like many others I was instantly sold on the University simply by the aesthetics of the campus. It just so happened that the course fit perfectly with what I wanted to learn, allowed me to gain work experience and has truly lived up to the reputation of the University.

  10. Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

    Before I started the course I had never remotely entertained the idea of studying a PhD but given how much I have enjoyed this course I am seriously contemplating it. I am hoping that the qualification will allow me to secure a more rewarding job and greatly boost my prospects in the future.

  11. What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

    Between many, many visits to Costa I have shared some fascinating discussions with fellow students and staff at the University and my confidence in my capabilities has greatly increased as a result.

  12. How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

    I hope to work in an academic environment and the confidence and knowledge I am developing as a result of this course will certainly aid me greatly, as well as the prestige of having a postgraduate qualification from one of the country’s top ranked Universities.

  13. Hello, I'm a Brazilian geographer looking for a career change, pursuing a degree with the prospect of being a football scout or coach in the future. I started working with football during this year, and now I'm looking into two degree options at Birmingham University to continue my studies. Between the Sport Coaching Postgraduate Diploma and the MRes in Exercise and Sport Sciences, which one would be the best option for my profile and also offer me the best chance to get into the the market in what I've been looking for?

    Hey, firstly, that is great that you are hoping to do something you really want to do, it is so much more rewarding! I did the PGDip/MSc Sport Coaching course, I would definitely recommend that one, especially if you wish to stay in Brazil while you study. It will give you a very detailed understanding of not only the theory behind coaching, learning (as a learner and as a facilitator), and will generally help boost your confidence. The PGDip is much more flexible too, so you can fit it around professional learning/development while you study the course, so I was able to work in various different roles while studying it, not that it was easy by any means!! Hope that helps but if you want a bit more detail, let me know. Jake

  14. Hi Stanley, I am from India and I am planning to study Sports Management, can you please tell how is the course and what are the job-opportunities for this course like?

    Hey, this course focuses on the theory behind Sport Coaching, and the application of it to one's own practice. There are no Sport Management modules on this course, so it might not be quite the right one for you.

    Assuming you are looking at MSc level courses, have a look at the following link, which lists the courses UoB does Sports-wise:

    Hope that helps! Jake